Re-Member: “Engaged” (October 7 – October 13)
There is a form of cheating that we rarely hear about in sports today. We rarely hear about it, yet players and coaches will still implement this taboo in arenas and fields throughout the world. This act of cheating is often known as “laying down”, “dogging it”, and “taking a dive” (among other terms). The infraction is purposeful disengagement. This is more than straight out quitting in a competition. It is the deceptive use of less than full engagement either for advantage or ill will. When it is not purposeful, it may be due to laziness, apathy, or fatigue.
Members of a team count on one another as they all strive toward a goal greater than themselves. When a teammate is disingenuous with their responsibility, the entire team suffers. The body of Christ is made up of people who are called to be active, engaged, invested teammates. We are to always ask what God would have us to do or to be in order reach the goal that is greater than whom we are individually.
There is no room for inactive teammates. Can any of us imagine standing next to a teammate on the field or court as they just stand there “dogging it” or “taking a dive”? Once again, the imagery of the body and all the parts works perfectly. Paul spends a good amount of time unpacking the idea of how every person in the church has a role to play just as every part of the human body has a key role to play. We wish for every body part to engage when called upon. God wishes for every member of the Church to be engaged in the purposes He has called us to.
Purposeful engagement is our call. Memorize and meditate upon Hebrews 10:24-25 with this call in mind:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
- Pastor David